A dream trip became reality recently for Happy Frazier as she explored the awesome in her life. In this second installment, she offers a series on her journey, with description, photographs and personal reflection. Join her on this wonderful voyage and see that a dream can come true.
Fitness and food at sea
DAY 2 ABOARD THE MS. NOORDAM -- Just like most of you, I’ve started the year off with a new fitness regimen. It’s brutal getting up before sunrise and heading to the gym in subfreezing temperatures. So, just imagine starting your workout routine as the sun rises, with 70-degree temp, on a walking track atop a magnificent cruise ship, breezing across the ocean toward your next tropical port.
First thing this morning I headed up to the track for a 30-minute jumpstart to my day. A half-marathon is in my future thanks to Tammy Cannady at Choctaw Nation Health Services and starting my training on a cruise ship is pretty sweet. It makes those sunrise workouts practically no work at all.
After my morning workout, I was ready for breakfast. You must know that everything they say about the food on the Holland America Line cruises is true. The breakfast choices are splendid: Fruit, cereal, French toast, pastries, muffins, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and even omelets made to order entice each morning. Although I would have loved a little bit of everything, I opted for watermelon, apricots and bananas with a blueberry muffin and orange juice.
I did make a rule for myself once I got on board. My cabin is on Deck 1 and the Lido Deck restaurant is on Deck 9. So anytime I leave my room, unless I am in dress shoes, I take the stairs. One of my favorite movies is "Just Go With It," where Jennifer Anniston tells Adam Sandler, "Cary Grant always took the stairs." So the stairs it is for me.
I’ve not been depriving myself culinary wise. This evening, I had a delicious dinner of grilled citrus chicken, lamb chops, shrimp and asparagus with caramelized apples for dessert. Many of you know my motto is "There’s always room for dessert!"
I did say on the radio today I’d do some karaoke tonight but decided against it. Even though I’m ready to explore the awesome in my life, those listening to my version of a Kenny Chesney song, may not be ready for that kind of awesome in theirs.
Truthfully, most of the time that kind of awesome/courage happens when either the singer or the audience is really drunk. Since I don’t drink, I’ll wait until I find an audience that is good and souped up.
Sorry KTCS’ Kris Vegas, I’ll have to save that bit of awesome for another day.
I did swing by the Crow’s Nest tonight, which is the highest point on the ship above the Noordam’s Bridge. There were about 150 passengers dancing to''50s and '60s live music and having a blast. I also found out I am not the only Happy on the ship. There are actually two others who share the same name.
You may think it’s a bit intimidating to take a cruise alone, but I’ve found it couldn’t be further from the truth. The staff and crew have warmly embraced me as family and I’ve met so many delightful and interesting people.